Taking stock of accuracy in criminal profiling: The theoretical quandary for investigative psychology

Richard Kocsis, Jenny Middledorp, Anne Karpin

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    Abstract

    This article presents an overview of quasi-experimental research that has investigated the performance of individuals engaged in the forensic psychological technique commonly known as criminal profiling. Recent conflict in the literature is examined with the result that, consistent with earlier findings, empirical evidence is found to support the capabilities of expert profilers in decisively surpassing nonprofilers in accurately predicting the characteristics of an unknown offender. Observations are offered in conclusion on the broader ramifications of these findings for competing theoretical approaches to criminal profiling.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)244-261
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Forensic Psychology Practice
    Volume8
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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